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USB-C could kill Lightning, but Apple can’t afford it

USB-C could kill Lightning, but Apple can’t afford it

Apple could technically kill off Lightning on the iPhone and still maintain an iron-fisted grip over its MFi program, but the outcry over a switch to USB-C might prove too costly for it to happen today. With the arrival of the new MacBook Pro there’s been no shortage of commentary about the ports you’ll find on your Apple smartphone versus those you now get on your Apple notebook, and a fair amount of that has not been flattering. The “Made For iPhone/iPod/iPad” MFi program has been blamed by many for that disparity, but it may not be quite the culprit it's accused of being.

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Libratone Q Adapt earbuds go Lightning all the way

Libratone Q Adapt earbuds go Lightning all the way

In just a week’s time, Apple will be revealing the true form of the iPhone 7, which is expected, among other things, to ditch the 3.5 mm headphone jack for a do-everything Lightning connector. Whether that comes to pass or not, some accessory makers have already prepared for the inevitable. Take for example Libratone’s new Q Adapt in-ear earbuds, which connect solely via the Lightning port. But more than just novelty or fad, that has important implications for these earphones, allowing it Libratone to eschew batteries while still providing a power source for the Q Adapt’s advanced noise cancellation feature.

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Apple’s Lightning EarPods revealed in second video

Apple’s Lightning EarPods revealed in second video

We've quickly reached the point where rumors and leaks about new versions of Apple's EarPods headphones are just as prevalent as those about the upcoming headphone jack-less iPhone 7 itself. Over the past few weeks, there's been several questionable images claiming to show a new pair of wired Earpods that use a Lightning connector instead of a standard 3.5mm plug. Then a video surfaced revealing a fairly authentic looking, functional pair of the headphones. Now a second video has been released, offering the best look at a pair of Lightning Earpods yet.

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Apple Lightning EarPods shown in action in new video leak

Apple Lightning EarPods shown in action in new video leak

Alongside the growing speculation that the upcoming iPhone 7 will ditch the standard headphone jack are rumors that the device will be paired with a new type of Apple's EarPod headphones that use a Lightning connector. We've already seen various photos of different quality claiming to show the new accessory, but now a video has surfaced with footage of the headphones functioning while connected to an iPhone's Lightning port.

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iPhone 7 Lightning adapter leak paints grim picture for headphone jack

iPhone 7 Lightning adapter leak paints grim picture for headphone jack

In the absurdly long list of iPhone 7 rumors, one persistent whisper has been the notion that Apple will be ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack in its next flagship. This rumor has been the center of much debate, with a fair number of prospective buyers upset by the idea that Apple would choose to leave the headphone jack in the dust in favor of something else. Though we can't know for sure until Apple actually announces the iPhone 7, new leaked images showing off a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter don't paint a very pleasant picture for the pro-headphone jack crowd.

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Apple EarPod headphones leak reveal Lightning connector for iPhone 7

Apple EarPod headphones leak reveal Lightning connector for iPhone 7

We're now at that stage of the summer where we see at least one or two iPhone 7 leaks per week, not to mention the fact that we've all heard about the ongoing rumor of Apple's newest smartphone model dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack. Well, the latest leaked images tie into that, but instead of showing an iPhone chassis with only a Lightning port on the bottom, it's a pair of Apple's EarPod headphones with a Lightning connector.

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Use your iPhone cable to charge your 3DS with this adapter

Use your iPhone cable to charge your 3DS with this adapter

When you have a smartphone that need recharged at least every night, you tend to carry around something to charge it with. That's why I keep a spare Lightning cable in my bag, and one in the car. But what happens when you want to charge something else, like your 3DS? Well, if all you have is a Lightning cable, then you'll soon be in luck.

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First iPhone 7 Lightning to 3.5mm adapters spotted in the wild

First iPhone 7 Lightning to 3.5mm adapters spotted in the wild

It's long been rumored that the iPhone 7 will be losing a big feature when Apple announces it later this year. It may prove one of the most controversial changes that the company has made to the smartphone, as people have already been up in arms about it. After all, nearly every pair of headphones uses a 3.5mm jack, so what will customers do if Apple takes that port away?

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SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive launches with flexible Lightning connector

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive launches with flexible Lightning connector

If Lexar's newly launched microSD Lightning dongle isn't quite to your tastes, SanDisk has launched a similar offering, this one in the form of a thumb drive. The new iXpand Flash Drive refreshes the maker's former iXpand offerings with a new slim, sleek design and a Lightning connector attached to a flexible arm. The drive is available now in capacities ranging from 16GB to 128GB.

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When giants falter: Apple, companies abandon standard connectors

When giants falter: Apple, companies abandon standard connectors

Early this week, Apple announced its refresh of the 12-inch MacBook without much fuss nor fanfare. It wasn't really that unexpected, considering the new line simply bumped up the specs a little but offered nothing extraordinarily different. But that silence almost hints at something brewing underneath, a sign that few picked up: the death knell for Thunderbolt. Once one of the apples of Apple's eye, the connector is silently absent from its latest MacBooks. With the rumors of another standard connector to be absent from a future iPhone, we begin to wonder why Apple is suddenly abandoning the very standards it tried to push hard.

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PhotoFast MemoriesCable 1M saves data on a cord

PhotoFast MemoriesCable 1M saves data on a cord

Today the folks at PhotoFast have revealed a 1-meter USB/Lightning cable for iPhone that also acts as a flash drive. Storage is located on the cord itself (in one end or the other) at 128GB, locally. This cord and its companion app have the ability to be locked using USB lock, App Lock, and Lightning lock - with Touch ID support included.

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Audeze EL-8 Titanium Lightning cable headphones cost more than an iPhone

Audeze EL-8 Titanium Lightning cable headphones cost more than an iPhone

With the recent rumor that Apple is looking to eliminate the standard headphone jack on the next iPhone and rely solely on the device's Lightning port for both charging and wired headphones, users might want think about investing in a decent headset that already has a Lightning connector. There are a few options out there, but in order to get the best, it's going to cost more than the iPhone itself. Audeze has announced the EL-8 Titanium, priced at $800.

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